QSL Cup Round 4 — Group A Match Reports
In Monday’s QSL Cup Round 4 Group A fixtures, Al Gharafa drew 1-1 with Al Kharaitiyat, Al Duhail defeated Al Sailiya 2-1 and Qatar SC played out a goalless draw with Al Khor.
Al Gharafa thus qualified for the semifinals with 10 points. Al Kharaitiyat, who are on eight, and Qatar SC (five) still have a chance to progress ahead of Round 5, but Al Duhail, Al Khor and Al Sailiya are all out of contention.
Al Gharafa 1 Al Kharaitiyat 1
There was an intense start to the match from both sides at the Al Ahli Stadium and Al Kharaitiyat were rewarded on 11 minutes, with Abdulla Al Anzi giving them the advantage.
It did not take the home side too long to equalise as Luis Jimenez found a way through the defence in the 29th. From then on, it was an evenly-contested game and neither side was able to make further breakthrough.
Al Duhail 2 Al Sailiya 1
Al Duhail emerged as victorious at the Al Wakrah Stadium, but both teams could not make the cut.
Al Duhail fielded a much more experienced side, but it was Al Sailiya who broke the deadlock in the 40th through Mirghani Al Zain.
Al Duhail were able to respond quickly as Youssef Al Arabi fired home from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.
In the second half, Al Duhail’s experience started to show as they dominated possession and controlled the game. Deep into injury time, they were able to snatch full points, thanks to Saleh Said’s effort while under pressure.
Qatar SC 0 Al Khor 0
Another draw was played out at the Al Shamal Stadium, leaving Qatar SC on five points and Al Khor on four, with the latter now unable to progress to the last-four stage.
The match started slowly. However, the pace did pick up in the final 15 minutes as both teams started to sense opportunities, with a couple of chances being created at either end.
Qatar SC brought on striker Michael Babatunde in the second half in an attempt to get the winner. But in spite of their superior possession, they were unable to break down the Al Khor defence and the stalemate continued.